New images of fallen steel beam atop fuel assemblies in Unit 3 pool — Handles covered in debris, barely visible (PHOTOS)

Published: October 5th, 2012 at 8:48 am ET


Report on the Steel Beam Falling into Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool
Source: TEPCO Press Release
Date: Oct 3, 2012

[…] During the investigation conducted on September 26, the location of the steel beam which had fallen into the pool was identified. […]

In accordance with direction given [from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority], we evaluated the impact of this incident on the soundness of the spent fuel, the spent fuel storage rack and the spent fuel pool while investigating the cause of this matter and discussing recurrence prevention measures. Today, we have submitted a report to the Nuclear Regulatory Authority. […]

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Published: October 5th, 2012 at 8:48 am ET


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9 comments to New images of fallen steel beam atop fuel assemblies in Unit 3 pool — Handles covered in debris, barely visible (PHOTOS)

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    The US is facing the possibility of something like FUKU happening. Here is one way to prepare, since it does not look like they are going to be shut down…

    Petition To Expand Emergency Zones Near Nuclear Reactors; via A Green Road

  • "We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause."
    – TEPCO

    When are they going to apologize for contaminating the entire planet?

    I am sure they will claim the entire catastrophe is regrettable, when the truth is… it's criminal.

    There IS NO PLAN for this!

  • kalidances

    They are never going to apologize but they'll be facing their fears very soon. Nuke apologists are always going on about the horrible parts of cancer coming years down the road but they did forget one tiny thing: that radiation exposure immediately causes lowered immune function. No one has to worry about dealing with cancer when they won't even be able to survive the flu. Radiation damage is irreversible.

  • Eric

    kalidances- Actually, there is quite some level of dispute regarding the irreversibility of radiation damage. As i brought forth back in May,(?),

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    I sure hope the fuel packs are not arranged as depicted in the above drawing. Most only have one side exposed to water, which makes low or no coolant flow that much worse.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    I seem to remember a post here on ENE or a link to one in which someone credible & highly respected regarding their knowledge about nuclear issues had stated that the proposed operation undertaken by TEPCO & the Gov. of Japan should be quickly & "carefully" implemented and that "even a single mis-step" during their efforts WOULD have "catastrophic results" that had implications not only for the whole of Japan-but would have a severe "global" impact if certain "accidents" happened with irreversible results??!! At the time of this post haven't we already witnessed "accidents,incidents,malfunctions,incompetence and equipment failures,etc." since then that would imply that we are TOAST??!! Personally I'd rather live without the convenient,helpful things that technology provides for modern-day human life and be a much happier person even though the labor-intense ways of living back in the 1800's would be "too much" for the majority of the average,spoiled modern man-it wouldn't bother me a bit!! I'd feel SOO damned good just knowing that the bucket of water I pumped and carried into my candle & lamp-lit cabin,etc. was CLEAN and nuke-free,along with every type of food being ingested NOT being hard to swallow & force down because of "knowing" some funky shit that doesn't belong in it or us was NEVER EVEN INVENTED,much less present in what I eat,drink or breathe!! *Cave/Mountain Men Rule!!*lol* πŸ™

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      No, JB… it's more subtle than that, I think.

      The various Big Energy players claim that we cannot have modern goodies without whatever they are selling, be it oil, coal, nuke, gas or whatever. In an important way, that is false – any of those sources can be replaced by any other, or by some sources they want off the table (wind and solar being the obvious candidates).

      The underlying problem is that our choices are provider-driven.

  • nedlifromvermont

    soooo true … aigeezer … so damned true …

    but maybe not for long …

    the possibilities of a distributed grid are being realized in Germany … so patience must prevail …

    the aura of Big Power Companies has been pierced by their impotence, their silent shrug, at Fukushima …

    the sad truth: we never needed nuclear … but they did … to recover their investment in uranium mines … and the gravy train military weapons contracting businesses …

    tell me it's not too late, Mother GE!!!

    don't just hide behind your wealth and prerogative …

    say something … anything … to your fellow 'persons' and try and show some humility …

    GE? A Person??? Anyone listening there?

    peace …